Alexander Zverev  def. Dominic Thiem  6-4 6-4
When Alexander Zverev described this match as one for the future of ATP tennis, what he really meant was that he was setting down a marker to be the heir apparent to the Big Four, Three or Two.
Right now with Novak Djokovic struggling, and with Andy Murraynot even near a tennis court yet, Zverev is emerging as the one to watch – if only he could translate that to the Grand Slams.
But perhaps we are being a little unfair – after all he had two Masters titles already by the age of 20, and now had a chance to add a third after missing out earlier in the year losing in the Miami final.
Winning Madrid now ,makes him the fifth active player to win at least three ATP Masters 1000 titles, joining Rafael Nadal (31), Djokovic (30), Roger Federer (27) and Murray (14).
Dominic Thiem was hunting down his first Masters title, but with a more commanding head to head over the young German, leading their head to head 4-1 with an unblemished record on the clay.
He stunned Nadal, and then backed it up with a first win in seven attempts over Kevin Anderson, but his start here looked slow and sluggish, and that will to win was more a will to sort of hang on, which didn’t pay off.
Zverev broke Thiem in the first game of the match just keeping the single break advantage to the end of the first set. The telling blow was at the start of the second game where he broke once more at the start of the game.
He was not able to convert another couple of break-point chances to pile on the pressure for a double-break cushion, but in truth he did not need it.
Zverev truly played within himself, and Thiem was just either too passive or not effective enough in the big points to try and make a different.
He said: I just couldn’t maintain my level from the match against Rafa and the match yesterday against Anderson. That was the problem today. Yeah, one break in the beginning of every set is a very bad start.
“In general, I was playing not good enough. He was not serving better than Anderson yesterday. I had many returns on the racquet, but just didn’t make them, or played it too easy back for him.
“He was immediately in the offence. All in all, it was just a bad match from me. Yeah, I will learn from it. In general, it was a very good week. Well, I hope I will get more chances to win a first Masters.”
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